Between the world and me book

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between the world and me book

Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates

These days, Coates is a prominent journalist for the Atlantic where his tendency to puncture sunny-side-up political platitudes has not abated. It is understandable, then, that there has been a lot of fanfare for Between the World and Me. In part, the book is an ode to writing itself. The Dream is something Coates often invokes and damns as psychically disfiguring. It is Memorial Day cookouts, block associations, and driveways … treehouses and the cub scouts.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates explores America's racial divide in new book

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As an African-American, he makes me proud. There is no other way to put it. I do not always agree with him, but it hardly matters. He is invariably humble, yet subtly defiant. And people listen. As a civil rights lawyer, activist, legal scholar and mother of three black children, I could not wait to read what Coates had to say to black young people at this moment in our history, a time when many are struggling to make sense of how frequently black lives can be destroyed legally through incessant police violence and mass incarceration. He did not.

It is written as a letter to the author's teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. Coates recapitulates American history and explains to his son the "racist violence that has been woven into American culture.
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